Ecuadorian rose grower Florpaxi will expand their assortment with different types of flowers soon. In 2018, they planted sunflowers and harvested their first batch in December. At the moment, they are still trialing different varieties and this year, they will be ready to export them. On top of that, they are also trialing some fillers. "In order to offer our clients a better and more complete purchasing experience, they may need more than just roses", says Valeria Lobato Jarrín of Florpaxi.
Florpaxi is very excited about their sunflowers. "Growing a variety of flowers is not only beneficial in terms of sales but it is also a great way to help our soil and ecosystem when integrating different types of crops within the same land. On top of that, our fields are also looking better, full of our valuable pollinators, bees!" At the moment, they are trialing different varieties of sunflowers.
Besides sunflowers, they are also trialing some fillers as they just planted their test plots with scabiosa, craspedia and hydrangea.
As the sunflowers and fillers are still being trailed, Lobato is not sure yet about the volume they will plant for commercial production. "First we are seeing how the varieties adapt to our soils, water, and environmental conditions." However, they do plan to make bouquets. "Given that we will have the necessary flowers - whichever is best for our valued customers", she adds. When their new products are ready, they are planning to export them to their current clients around the world - "such as those in USA and Europe."
An interesting challenge
Looking forward to 2019, Lobato foresees this year as a very interesting year. "We have new products to grow and their flowers to harvest, these flowers that are new to us. Types of flower crops we have never had before. This is a very intriguing and interesting challenge for us."